• Carole Crumley

    • Carole is an Episcopal priest and an experienced pilgrimage guide to sacred and secular sites throughout Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. Formerly Senior Program Director at Shalem, she is on the staff of our Going Deeper: Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership and our Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program and leads the e-course, “Opening to the Spirit,” for our online School of Contemplative Prayer.

The Movement in My Heart

“God is at work enlarging the boundaries of my heart.” -Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart For many years Congressman John Lewis led bipartisan congressional delegations on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama for the Faith and Politics Institute. As a board member, I was privileged to join one of these in 2001. This is […]

Pilgrimage: Going and Returning

Today’s post is by Carole Crumley Happy are the people whose strength is in you! Whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ way. –Psalm 84 Pilgrimage is one of the spiritual practices that is common to many of the great faith traditions. Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and many others find their common ground in […]

December 12, 2018 by Carole Crumley
Categories: Pilgrimage. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, eNews Article, and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Pilgrimage: The Way of the Heart

Article by Carole Crumley (in January 2017 eNews) This past month, it seems that everything in my life has been in motion. Trips to stores, shops, the post office have multiplied exponentially. Precious visits to family and friends have kept us on the road. Christmas scripture readings have magnified this sense of movement. A young […]

Leading From Within The Living Presence: The Essence Of Contemplative Leadership

by Carole Crumley In this series, we have tried to describe contemplative leadership. We have talked about creativity, compassion, and collaboration and there could be many other words that we might name as qualities of contemplative leadership. For me, all of these qualities rise from the realm of presence, our open presence to Divine Presence. […]

Flirting with Leadership

We were 25 women standing in a large circle, arms outstretched, only touching one another by our fingertips. In the center of the circle stood Flirt, a 1200 pound horse. It was our job to keep Flirt inside the circle. It was Flirt’s job to get out.

Guess who won.

Flirt gave one little flick of her eye, glanced around the circle and simply walked out underneath one pair of outstretched arms.

This was part of an exercise that uses horses to give feedback on leadership qualities. The setting was a large exercise barn at a horse farm in the Pennsylvania countryside. The horses were teaching us which behaviors encouraged their trust and what led them to bolt and run, which actions engendered confidence and what confused them. In other words, how to lead.

April 04, 2016 by Carole Crumley 2 Comments
Categories: Contemplative Leadership and Spiritual Deepening. Tags: farm, horses, leadership, and peace. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Morning Prayer

“…maybe just looking and listening is the real work. Maybe the world, without us, is the real poem.” –Mary Oliver My morning practice is a simple one. I sit at my kitchen window and watch, actually gaze at, the world in our backyard. I watch the sun moving slowly across the grass, filtering through the […]

April 04, 2014 by Carole Crumley
Categories: Uncategorized. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, and eNews Article.

Rediscovering a Desire for God

Like a gentle diagnostician/professor, Frank Griswold, former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, spoke to clergy on Maundy Thursday morning. His words caught my heart. Beginning with the passage from the Revelation of John, chapter two, Griswold quoted the words of praise for those who work so hard in the church: “I know what you […]

January 01, 2009 by Carole Crumley
Categories: Uncategorized. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, and eNews Article.